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The land variational ensemble data assimilation framework: LaVEnDAR v1.0.0

Pinnington, E., Quaife, T., Lawless, A., Williams, K., Arkebauer, T. and Scoby, D. (2020) The land variational ensemble data assimilation framework: LaVEnDAR v1.0.0. Geoscientific Model Development, 13. pp. 55-69. ISSN 1991-9603

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To link to this item DOI: 10.5194/gmd-13-55-2020

Abstract/Summary

The Land Variational Ensemble Data Assimilation fRamework (LaVEnDAR) implements the method of FourDimensional Ensemble Variational data assimilation for land surface models. Four-Dimensional Ensemble Variational data assimilation negates the often costly calculation of a model adjoint required by traditional variational techniques (such as 4DVar) for optimising parameters/state variables over a time window of observations. In this paper we present the first applica5 tion of LaVEnDAR, implementing the framework with the JULES land surface model. We show the system can recover seven parameters controlling crop behaviour in a set of twin experiments. We run the same experiments at the Mead continuous maize FLUXNET site in Nebraska, USA to show the technique working with real data. We find that the system accurately captures observations of leaf area index, canopy height and gross primary productivity after assimilation and improves posterior estimates of the amount of harvestable material from the maize crop by 74%. LaVEnDAR requires no modification to the model 10 that it is being used with and is hence able to keep up to date with model releases more easily than other DA methods.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:87398
Publisher:European Geosciences Union

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